Nostalgia // Economics > The Sow & The Gipper

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guerrilla performance in Miami's Wynwood Art District during the very popular monthly event: Second Saturday Artwalk, Feb 2012

Inspired by this issue of an Uncle Scrooge comic, we set out to provide passersby with a free money laundering service in order to ensure that people would be walking around with "clean" money. We started off with some coins we had brought ourselves, but soon had several people asking to have their own dollar bills washed, or else replaced with a better looking one.

At first glance, our use of the phrase "money laundering", coupled with the presence of a quiet and wrinkled Reagan, would lead one to believe that we were making a correlation between the former President and such criminal activities. This might explain why some folks who stopped by our performance referred to the Gipper as "Nixon" instead.

Our goal, however, was to get people thinking about the long-term effects of the Reagan years, and how his so-called "Trickle-Down" economic policies continue to taint the American way of life, especially in this time of widespread dissatisfaction with the privileges of the wealthiest 1%. The pretext of making people's coins and bills look shinier and cleaner proved to be a successful way of creating a dialogue among strangers regarding the current economic state and future policy changes.

Our approach to this meditative and repetitive act, in front of a surprised public, was informed by performances such as those of Joseph Beuys and Marina Abramovich, in which they washed the feet of audience members or thoroughly cleaned a large amount of animal bones, respectively.


Press coverage @ Culture Designers

Video documentation screened in 2015 on STROBE Network, live broadcast from Flux Factory, in the "HUMAN TRASH DUMP" program organized by Elizabeth Lamb, Butch Merigoni, and David Ian Griess